School, Work, Family, Sleep


By Sandra Dias

78 percent of students enrolled in college also have a full-time job. It may not seem a lot but it is. Going to school full-time and working full-time can be hard. Back then when things weren’t as expensive as they are now you weren’t expected to work and go to college. You were expected to complete your degree and then go out and find a job in your career path. Now everyone expects you to work and go to school. If you go to school from 8:00am to about 4:00pm and then work from 5:00pm to about 10:00pm, when are you going to do homework or spend time with your family?

Teachers think that they are the only ones that matter. That they’re the only class you’re taking. They don’t care that you’re taking five other classes. When they give you a big assignment they expect it in their hands the next day. They don’t care that you have other homework or that you’re working.

When it comes to parents they want you to get a good education and pay for the things you want and spend time with them. The only way to pay for things is to get a job.

When your boss expects you to work, they want you to work and stay focus on work. How can you focus when you know that you have a five-page paper waiting for you at home? Two-thirds of working students state that their primary reason for working is to pay tuition, fees, and living expenses.

I am blessed to have parents who are paying for me to go to college. I quit my job because I was too stressed and wasn’t doing well in school. My parents decided that they were going to pay for schooling while I stay focused and finish the program. A lot of students can’t say that. They may have their families support but still has to pay for their own education.

We are expected to work and go to school. This can cause a lot of stress and anxiety. Students may not be able to focus in class because they are either trying to figure out when they’ll be able to do homework or they are just trying to stay awake.

Our society today wants us to have a good education and get a job to help and support a family. Students need to be able to go to school and not worry about being stressed.

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